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Eric Newby
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Born in Hammersmith, London
Born on 6th of December 1919
Died in Guildford, Surrey
Died on 20th of October 2006

Eric Newby’s life was a strange amalgam of ‘real’ jobs in advertising and ladies fashion, distinguished service in the SBS during WWII, and travel – as a genuine adventurer (apprentice aboard a Finnish sailing bark in 1938) and a writer of travel books and for some time as travel editor at The Observer. His A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is one of the classics of the genre, almost innocent rather than macho, and a superb read.

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